The Cloth Complication {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

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Saturday is cleaning day. Although if I’m honest, every day feels like cleaning day. You know what I mean?

the cloth complication

For over a decade, I was folding my cleaning rags, creating neat stacks on my laundry room shelving. Hubs would often scratch his head and inquire why in the world I was actually spending minutes of my day making scraps look tidy.

The answer was simple. My mama did it that way, and so I do likewise.

However, as my family size has grown, I have found it necessary to simplify every household task and eliminate anything that was sucking up valuable time.

You guessed it.

About a year ago, around the birth of Baby #5, I strapped on my big girl boots and stepped into the unknown territory of a disheveled heap of cleaning cloths.

laundry organization

Ahhhhh. Breath it in. You know what that smell is? Freedom.

Still basking in the blissful and glorious feelings of my liberation, my happy thoughts came to a screeching halt as I stood there at my dryer with arms of full of cleaning cloths, cleaning cloths I had just decided that I would not fold.

Ummmm,…now what?

While relinquishing the urge to fold every rag we owned, this solution caused another dilemma to rise to the surface. If I wasn’t going to fold them, then what was my plan for containing them? Where was I going to store them? You see, folded rags can be stacked and can maintain an organized appearance on your shelf. But if I’m ditching the whole monotony of folding them, well, a heap of cleaning cloths spilling out everywhere doesn’t exactly scream organized, even if they are freshly laundered.

Baskets became my new BFF. These baskets from Target are my favorite. They are solid and somewhat heavy for plastic baskets. Heavy duty construction is a must in our home. The weave design add a little extra pizzazz for an otherwise ordinary plastic container.

storing cleaning rags

Target has them available in several different colors and sizes. I chose white because it allows me to not be tied to a color scheme should I decide to use the baskets elsewhere. My claim would be that I simply desire versatility and multiple future options, but deep down, I’m really just a woman who wants the freedom to change her mind -without wasting money.

I love how deep these baskets are. Like I said earlier, we’re a big family, and we have frequent messes. This means a big pile of cleaning cloths. I bought two baskets while I was at the store -one for clean rags and one for dirty. So not only did I solve finding a place for storing my clean rags, but now I could get rid of the habit of stuffing dirty cleaning cloths in a plastic Target bag.

organization in laundry room

Double whammy.

Today’s post was admittedly short and sweet, but it has, without a doubt, been one of the best decisions I’ve made as a homemaker. Now I’m reevaluating all of my household tasks, searching for methods to streamline and to make my time more effective.

To this day, cleaning cloths had become my favorite dryer load. And now you know why. 🙂


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How do you store your cleaning cloths? Do you stack and fold? Use a drawer? A bag? Sometimes storage solutions can be more than just a needed container. They can streamline a task and simplify household chores. Today I challenge you to think about your home. In what areas can you rethink your organizing strategy and regain some moments of your day? Efficiency is key.

Thanks for reading and happy cleaning.


2 thoughts on “The Cloth Complication {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

    1. heather Post author

      I literally do a happy dance in front of my dryer getting out the cleaning cloths. Any reprieve from the constant pile of laundry needing to be folded -no matter how short lived- makes my day. 😉


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